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Bar Council rejects Henry Hendron’s election nomination after filing application one minute late

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Controversial barrister says he’s ‘taking the matter to court next week’

Henry Hendron

Scandal-hit barrister Henry Hendron is at loggerheads with the Bar Council after it rejected his nomination for the upcoming bar elections.

The row between the two revolves around Hendron’s signature on his nomination paperwork, according to emails seen by Legal Cheek. The barrister submitted the forms at 4:57pm on Monday, three minutes before the Council’s 5pm deadline, having signed them by placing the letters ‘HH’ in the signature field.

Not good enough, said the Bar Council, who rejected the application and advised him that only hand-signed signatures will do.

Hendron — who was suspended for three years in 2016 after admitting possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply following his boyfriend’s death — obliged and provided a hand-signed copy at what he says was “no later” than 5:01pm.

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The Bar Council went on to reject his application for a second time, arguing on this occasion that he’d failed to meet their strict 5pm cut-off.

Following a bit of back and forth, a Bar Council bigwig told Hendron: “I am afraid that we have a strict policy on the receipt of late applications as the deadlines are enshrined within the Constitution. Please do consider standing next year or, alternatively, look out for casual vacancies throughout the year.”

But Hendron isn’t taking no for an answer, telling Legal Cheek: “On balance I think that it is worth a punt so, unless the Bar Council (by some change of character and miracle) back down today, I will be taking the matter to court next week.”

Elected candidates go on to represent their fellow barristers on a range of issues, including law reform, ethics, equality and diversity, and education and training.

The Bar Council declined to comment.

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17 Comments

L

WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM?????

AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE PROFESSION, WHY IS HE EVEN RUNNING FOR A POSITION, DOES HE THINK HE’LL GET IT???

THE DELUSION

Harsh Reality

Whilst I think he reflects the worst of our profession, I think I would possibly even vote for him just for the hell of it. Unless you have a personal connection almost nobody I know ever bothers to vote. So I also think he would get the votes to get on due to the unprecedented exposure he would get. If he was on the slate, he would be on here and ROF. No other candidate has ever got that exposure – and I know quite a few I spoke to on Friday about this and all were of a similar mindset. Vote for him just to see the carnage. So I wouldn’t have ruled out him getting on quite so quickly.

Just Anonymous

Two points.

Firstly, I’m reminded of the wise point made by the Supreme Court in the Barton case, that individuals who leave everything until the very last second are courting disaster.

Secondly, I absolutely do not want Henry Hendron anywhere near the Bar Council. His poor judgment is already a matter of public record. In my opinion, his failure to realise that his electroral prospects are probably negligible, is merely one more example of that poor judgment in action.

A

What a tool.

Lord Bond

I’m afraid I can’t sympathise with Henry’s predicament. For what it’s worth, even on the Bar course/ university studies, there is little, if any, discretion awarded for late submissions unless there are extenuating circumstances. Henry seems to have a lot of time on his hands and is being difficult for the sake of it.

Is this guy for real?

Hope any action he brings fails and he gets costs against him…

L

HOW IS HE STILL IN PRACTICE????

WHO INSTRUCTS HIM????

HOW CAN HE AFFORD TO BRING ACTION AGAINST THE BAR COUNCIL, HE’S HAD TO PAY THEM A FORTUNE IN SUSPENSION COSTS OVER THE YEARS.

SO INSANE, THOUGH HE IS CREATIVE, ALWAYS ONE-UPS HIMSELF.

KEEP IT UP HENDRON, WE’RE ROUTING FOR YOUR NEXT DEBACLE.

Old codger

The Chemsex strikes again.

VERY Important Oxbridge Union Committee Member

Why is he bothering???

It’s like these people mentally never left secondary school and think elections for anything other than Parliament actually matter.

Can anyone name any barrister on the committee he applied for? Any inkling of how that committee may change your life or mine???

The entitlement and delusions of grandeur is staggering.

dfdf

His commitment to the reliable running of the banter train at any cost to personal reputation or finances is commendable.

Anon

Legal Cheek should commission an opinion poll of the bar, in order to determine what percentage would actually vote for him.

The results would no doubt be enlightening.

Anonymous

The utter shamelessness of this character is quite something. He is a convicted drug dealer. His (admitted) criminal activity led to the death of an 18 year old boy who he supposedly cared about. It was a travesty that he was allowed to remain in the profession at all.

Anonymous

Listen to you, sanctimonious little twerp.

Anonymous

Still, even though he seems awful, I’d vote for him. Has to be better than the diversity obsessed current crop who just want to gouge more and more income from the civil bar to subsidise the criminal bar.

Jef

Hi Henry.

Jef

Attention seeker. Does he think people will vote for him? Of course he doesn’t.

Scrivener

He’s got a point: Metha v. J Pereira Fernandes S.A. [2006] EWHC 813 (Ch) at [27].

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